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Good skin health vital for hand hygiene compliance

Healthcare workers’ hands have always been at the forefront of infection prevention, but one of the most common barriers to good hand hygiene technique among healthcare professionals is skin irritation.

Chris Wakefield explains how a combination approach, which addresses occupational dermatitis, can improve adherence.

Hand hygiene has always been an important infection prevention strategy in hospitals and healthcare settings. Indeed, it has been proven to reduce the spread of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) by up to 50%, lower the risk of antimicrobial resistance, and has been a critical weapon in the fight against COVID-19. 

Although there is a heightened focus on hand – and surface – hygiene, dangerous pathogens are still able to enter healthcare settings fairly easily. Just take a mobile phone as an example. This belonging goes almost everywhere with its owner and is placed on a variety of different surfaces at home, work, in pockets or at the bottom of a handbag. But does its owner clean it, or their hands, after each time it is picked up or swiped?  

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Upcoming Events

AfPP Annual Conference 2022

University of York
8-11 September 2022

Infection 360: What's trending in infection prevention & control

Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham
27-28 September 2022

IP2022 IS COMING TO BOURNEMOUTH IN OCTOBER 2022

Bournemouth
17-19 October 2022

UKHCA Conference: Listen Up

Pendulum Hotel and Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester
3rd November 2022

MEDICA 2022

Dusseldorf Germany
14th November - 17th November

Future Surgery 2022

ExCel, London
15th - 16th November 2022

Access the latest issue of Clinical Services Journal on your mobile device together with an archive of back issues.

Download the FREE Clinical Services Journal app from your device's App store

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